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B1010 – Automatic Voter Registration Bill 2016, TSR Labour Party

Automatic Voter Registration Bill 2016

An Act to make statutory provision for automatic enrolment, on an opt-out basis, to the Electoral Roll for Citizens of the United Kingdom.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: Automatic Enrolment Mechanism
(1) Local Authorities are required to maintain an electronic record of the date at which the individual reaches the age of franchise.
zzz(1) On said date, the individual is added to the closed electoral register.
zzz(2) The individual may opt to be placed on the open register with prior or present notice to the local office responsible.

(2) Where members of the Commonwealth are members of the franchise, it is the responsibility of the Foreign Office to ensure eligible Commonwealth citizens are franchised as appropriate either by use of the Automatic Enrolment Mechanism as in (1) or by other suitable means.

(3) The Automatic Enrolment Mechanism does not extend to members of the Union where they are considered members of the franchise for an election.
zzz(1) Eligible members of the Union must register with the Local Authority Electoral Registration Service.

2: Maintenance of the Franchise
(1) It is the responsibility of the relevant department/institution to submit a request to update an individual's electronic electoral status if they no longer meet the conditions to be an elector.
zzz(1) The individual's right to vote will be suspended until they are reported to be eligible to be an elector.

(2) The individual may also submit status change requests to their local authority electoral registration service.
zzzzzz(1) The following status change requests can be made by the individual only:
zzzzzz(1) Enrolled (In Person)
zzzzzzzzz(1) The primary status; the individual is registered to vote at their local polling station
zzzzzz(2) Enrolled (Postal)
zzzzzzzzz(1) The individual is registered to vote by postal ballot
zzz(3) Enrolled (Proxy)
zzzzzz(1) The individual has elected another individual to vote for them in person
zzz(4) Suspended Enrolment
zzzzzz(1) The Individual has chosen not to act as an elector in elections or referenda

(4) It is the responsibility of the individual, unless considered to be under the care of an institution or another individual, that their registration data is current
zzz(1) If the individual is considered to be under the care of an institution or another individual it is the institution/individual's responsibility to maintain their voter registration data.
zzzzzz(1) An individual is considered to be under the care of an institution or individual if:
zzzzzzzzz(1) They are incarcerated
zzzzzzzzz(2) They are detained in accordance with the relevant sections of the Mental Health Act
zzzzzzzzz(3) Another individual holds lasting power of attorney over said individual and has not reported suspension of eligibility to act as an elector
zzzzzz(2) In all other cases, the individual can nominate a representative to maintain their registration data for a period no longer than 6 months without reaffirmation of a need for continued handling of affairs in this instance
zzz(2) If registration data is found to be outdated, or otherwise incorrect, a fine of £80 shall be issued to the individual or their representative

3: Extent, Commencement and Short Title
(1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
(2) The provisions of this Act come into force on the 1st of January 2017.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Automatic Voter Registration.


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The bill automatically enrols individuals to the electoral roll, and they must opt out should the not wish to vote or take part in jury service etc.

The rest of the bill is necessary administrative change to facilitate the automation and the associated responsibility

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Not sure, for one it requires the government to always know where you live (not sure if that is actually the case now) and I'm sure that there is some reason why we have to register...
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No, this bill will be difficult to implement, there will be a huge cost for the Foreign Office to monitor who is eligible, there is no way of knowing where all of the eligible citizens to vote live to enrol them on the register, and if individuals cannot be bothered to enrol on the register those individuals should not have the ability to vote.
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A firm aye from me.
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(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
No, this bill will be difficult to implement, there will be a huge cost for the Foreign Office to monitor who is eligible, there is no way of knowing where all of the eligible citizens to vote live to enrol them on the register, and if individuals cannot be bothered to enrol on the register those individuals should not have the ability to vote.
Hear, hear.

It's hardly difficult to go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote/ and fill out a 5 minute form
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Nay.

It sounds good in theory, but I don't believe it's difficult to register one's self as it is.

Also, I'm leery of supporting anything which might be used to strip away the people's privacy, any more than it already has been.
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Nay.

It sounds good in theory, but I don't believe it's difficult to register one's self as it is.

Also, I'm leery of supporting anything which might be used to strip away the people's privacy, any more than it already has been.
It's literally a 5 minute job that Lenin's corpse could probably still do.
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It's literally a 5 minute job that Lenin's corpse could probably still do.
Incidentally, do you have voting statistics on the real-world EU referendum? How many people signed up who weren't before?
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Incidentally, do you have voting statistics on the real-world EU referendum? How many people signed up who weren't before?
About a quarter of a million, comparing 2015 GE to the referendum
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School records allow for those about to be 18 years old to be identified by local authorities. *A bit more difficult for anyone not in education or training or overseas, but an Aye from me nevertheless.
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Aye, voting is the most important thing one can do and in a democratic society shouldn't be something to opt in over. It is depressing canvassing when you sometimes go 10-15 houses with no data as majority of streets haven't registered. Not registering puts people in a political black hole and anything to help solve that is good.
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Aye, voting is the most important thing one can do and in a democratic society shouldn't be something to opt in over. It is depressing canvassing when you sometimes go 10-15 houses with no data as majority of streets haven't registered. Not registering puts people in a political black hole and anything to help solve that is good.
And do you honestly think that if people can't spend 5 minutes registering they will spend 5 minutes voting?
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And do you honestly think that if people can't spend 5 minutes registering they will spend 5 minutes voting?
I do yes, every election we see people turned away from the booths, every election on the doorstep we get people asking "where's the polling station" only to tell them if they don't have a polling card it means they must not be registered. Every election you get, especially young, people who only decide it is worth voting after the deadline.
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I do yes, every election we see people turned away from the booths, every election on the doorstep we get people asking "where's the polling station" only to tell them if they don't have a polling card it means they must not be registered. Every election you get, especially young, people who only decide it is worth voting after the deadline.
It's not even like they're not made aware that there is a general election coming, how to register, and when they need to register by. Care to remind me what happened just before registration for the referendum happened because people were making sure they were registered (and how many more people actually were registered vs 12 months ago)
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It's not even like they're not made aware that there is a general election coming, how to register, and when they need to register by. Care to remind me what happened just before registration for the referendum happened because people were making sure they were registered (and how many more people actually were registered vs 12 months ago)
And yet every election we still see people who go to vote but get turned away, who see canvassers and ask where the polling station is and we have to tell them if they don't have a polling card it means they can't vote, we see those who decided not to vote then chance their mind after the deadline, we see people who thought they were on the register and for whatever reason have been removed from it unable to vote due to no fault of their own. And it is worth remembering that in the case you mention how many people left it to the literal last minute to register.
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That's just pointless really
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(Original post by Kay_Winters)
And yet every election we still see people who go to vote but get turned away, who see canvassers and ask where the polling station is and we have to tell them if they don't have a polling card it means they can't vote, we see those who decided not to vote then chance their mind after the deadline, we see people who thought they were on the register and for whatever reason have been removed from it unable to vote due to no fault of their own. And it is worth remembering that in the case you mention how many people left it to the literal last minute to register.
Registration numbers do not reflect the number of new registrations, for all we know that last minute rush lead to nobody actually being registered

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Nay.

If people can't be bothered to register, they don't deserve to vote.
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